SAN DIEGO – A 39-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the bankruptcy of Jack’s La Jolla nightclub two years ago, police said Thursday.
More than $3 million was embezzled from the former restaurant and nightclub, which resulted in its closure in August 2009, said Lt. James Filley of the San Diego Police Department Economic Crimes Unit.
A warrant was served for Tara Virginia Moore’s Loma Portal residence Wednesday, where she lives with her Navy-physician husband and three young children. Detectives and police seized over $400,000 of antiques, furniture, paintings, exotic Italian silk curtains and other items purchased with the embezzled funds, according to Lt. Filley.
"We basically impounded just about everyrthing," Lt. Filley said.
Moore worked at the multi-story Girard Avenue nightspot for about four years, starting in 2005.
Most of the missing money remains unaccounted for, according to the lieutenant. Moore is the sole suspect in the alleged embezzlement, Filley said.
"There's millions that we haven't found,'' he said.
Specific details on the year-long investigation should become clearer at Moore's first court apperance on Friday. But federal court documents on Moore's bankruptcy shed light on allegations by Jack's La Jolla owner William Berkley.
Berkley claims from 2000 to 2009, Moore embezzled millions of dollars by diverting cash and other funds into her own accounts, forged checks and corporate records, rerouted business mail to her home and didn't pay the club's bills, including mortgage payments.
The U.S. Attorney's office also accuses Moore of lying about her financial standing during bankruptcy hearings.
Moore inherited more than $2 million from the death of an ex-fiance, an ex-husband and a former mother-in-law. Those funds are also tied up in court.
She was booked into San Diego County Jail on grant theft charges and being held on $2.5 million bail.
An arraignment is scheduled for Moore Friday at 1:30 p.m. in San Diego Superior Court.